Pak F-16 Package Not “Message To India” Over Its Neutrality On Russia: US


India’s defence ties with Russian goes back a number of decades. A huge portion of Indian military equipment has been of Russian-origin

The Biden administration’s green light for key spares for Pakistan’s F-16 fighter jets “is not created as a message to India”, a leading American protection official has actually stated. The previous Trump administration had obstructed the $450 million program for maintenance of the F-16s, which Pakistan bought decades ago.

On a question by reporters whether the F-16 upgrade and also talk on support US-Pakistan defence cooperation was a message to India for its neutrality on Russia, Ely Ratner, Assistant of Support (Indo-Pacific Safety And Security Affairs), said: “Okay, so, no, absolutely not. The action on F-16s is not created as a message to India as it connects to its connection with Russia. The decision inside the United States government around the F-16 concern was made, asserted on United States interests connected with our protection partnership with Pakistan, which is mainly concentrated on counterterrorism and nuclear safety and security.”

India’s defence connections with Russian returns numerous years. A huge portion of Indian military equipment has been of Russian-origin, though over the last few years India has actually acquired US devices and airplane.

In a call last week with US Protection Assistant Lloyd Austin, Protection Priest Rajnath Singh had actually likewise shared India’s problems over Washington’s choice to supply food package for Pakistan’s F-16 fleet.

Inquired about the issues raised by Mr Singh, Ely Ratner said, “And also as the assistant made clear to minister Singh throughout their phone call recently, this situation did not consist of any kind of upgrades or munitions. And to the first component of your concern, it is one that we have actually been engaging on with our Indian equivalents, both ahead of the news, to sneak peek it, and during my visit with Assistant Lu in Delhi too.”

“So we believed it was rather crucial to be as clear as we might with Indian counterparts, both ahead of time and also during that choice. As well as it supplied an excellent chance to have a healthy and balanced exchange on both the United States reasoning for its restricted safety collaboration with Pakistan, in addition to a good opportunity to hear India’s issues concerning that,” Ely Ratner said.

Lockheed Martin, that makes the F-16, on its internet site claims the four-decade old boxer jet program which remains to be updated has so far generated 4,500 F-16s for 25 nations. These jets have flown a mixed sorties of over 13 million, Lockheed Martin claims.

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Last Updated: 23 September 2022

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